Carne Guisada I Recipe -
Carne Guisada I Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Carne Guisada I

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"A traditional Tex-Mex dish featuring beef and gravy. Serve over mashed potatoes or in tacos or flour tortillas."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Melt the shortening in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the meat and brown well on all sides. Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes, or until tender. Add the canned tomatoes, jalapeno chile peppers, fresh tomatoes, cumin, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until meat is tender. (Note: If mixture is too thick, add water as needed. Or if mixture is too thin, combine some cornstarch and water and add to thicken.)
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 09, 2004

A true tex-mex recipe If you know what carne guisada is then this is the real mcoy if you don't know this is the way to find out!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 11, 2011

Nahh, this ain't it.


54 Ratings

Feb 09, 2004

I used 3 tsp. of ground cumin and 2 x-large or 3 small garlic cloves, minced. Plus I added 1 tsp garlic powder. Also, 1 Green Pablano Chile instead of 2 jalapenos makes this recipe child friendly. I love this recipe though! Thanks Mike

Feb 09, 2004

my whole family really enjoyed this, I cooked it in the pan like it said and then threw it all together in my crock pot and went Christmas shopping and after a long day we came home to the wonderful aroma and all we had to do was fix our plates. How wonderful was that??? only downfall was it wasn't as spicy as I woudl have liked so next time I will add an extra jalepeno.

Aug 23, 2004

Yes, this was unlike any other Carne Guisada I had ever had. Much more tomatoey. But what ever you call it, it is absolutely delicious. I will cook it over and over again. I served it with flour tortillas and it was a huge hit with my family. You must like tomaotes! I omited the shortening and just used Pam cooking spray. After living in South Texas for many years this was a refreshing version of Carne Guisada.

Feb 18, 2003

I used this recipe as a starting point. Used about 3lbs of wild pork instead of beef, 2 1/2 tsps cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, and a can of Rotel tomatoes & chilis instead of the fresh tomatoes. It was awesome! Note: If you omit the cumin, it AIN'T Carne Guisada!

Jan 20, 2011

One of my favorite recipes....I make this as printed and we all love it. Delicious.......updated! I just made this again and I used the can of rotel tomatoes instead of the fresh ones and I also added Chili powder and a tad bit extra cumin. I also cut up the stewed tomatoes. Thanks for posting this recipe

Jan 22, 2003

This is a Really good recipe! I let it simmer for about an hour and a half. But, I'm sure just an hour would be ok : ) my husband and 8 year old really like it when I make this recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 366 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 105 mg
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 18 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 38.5 g
  • 77%
  • Sodium
  • 314 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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